Involta, a Cedar Rapids-based provider of secure computer data storage centers, is doubling the size of its facility in Akron, Ohio.
The high-security data center houses mission critical computer systems and related components for health care organizations, businesses, government and educational institutions.
Involta's original investment of nearly $17 million included the first phase construction of 5,000 square feet of data center infrastructure to support co-location and a 2.5 megawatt onsite utility substation to serve the facility.
The second phase, currently underway, will finish out an adjacent and contained data center floor, adding 5,000 square feet. Involta is investing about $4 million for operational equipment.
Bruce Lehrman, Involta CEO, said the expansion will serve Involta customers from the Akron, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and surrounding markets. Lehrman said increased demand for co-location and managed information technology infrastructure services was a catalyst for Involta’s expansion in the market.
"The demand for the ability to share associated costs of housing and managing mission critical systems and the option of off-site data storage for disaster preparedness and compliancy planning is becoming increasingly important to organizations," Lehrman said. "Building and maintaining a separate, stand-alone data center is very costly.
"By leveraging co-location, organizations can realize the advantages of an innovative data center facility while actually reducing capital expenditures. Use of this data center will allow organizations to focus on their core business rather than complex infrastructure and operational issues."
Lehrman said his company has specifically seen an increase in the demand for managed services with the recent launch of the Involta CompliantCloud platform of services, designed for enterprises of all sizes.
Involta expects the Akron expansion to be complete by late spring.
Earlier this month, Involta announced plans to build a $10.5 million facility in Boise, Idaho.
The 34,000-square-foot computer data storage center will be Involta's second facility in Boise. The privately-owned company acquired SolutionPro in 2010 and has a facility that operates at capacity in Boise.
Multiple anchor tenants have leased space in the new data center, including St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center and WinCo Foods in Boise. Involta expects the facility, with 10,000 square feet of conditioned data center space, will be operational by the end of this year.